Review and analysis of bioidentification systems for mobile laboratory and field use


  1. Lee, W.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield Research Centre, Ralston AB (CAN)
The present report is a review and analysis of the operational performance of mobile laboratory and field-use identification systems for biological threat agents. The main source for the review and analysis was the Edgewood Biosensors Test Bed Hand-held and Man-portable Edition (2013) plus market surveys of commercial systems published by US Department of Defense (2011 and 2014). The instruments or systems evaluated in the Edgewood Biosensors Test Bed and the surveys were commercial off-the-shelf instruments or prototypes at an advanced stage of development. The focus of the Edgewood Biosensors Test Bed was the performance of the instruments in the hands of laboratory scientists and trained military field operators. For the hands-on evaluation 11 systems based on nucleic acid (polymerase chain reaction) or antibody-based (immunoassay) technology were downselected. The Edgewood Biosensors Test Bed showed the importance of conducting the evaluations in a real-world setting, i.e., actually taking field-use instruments to the field with military operators. The purpose of the present report is to provide project managers in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with an outline for making decisions on acquisition of bioidentification instruments and systems. The report also provides guidance for project managers on how to conduct evaluations of candidate instruments. Because of the varied operations of CAF personnel, no single instrument will likely meet the requirements of all deploymen

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Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-R193 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2016
Number of Pages
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